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Usher’s #URXTOUR elicits fun at Xcel Energy Center

A concert review

By Caleb Baumgartner

Contributing Writer

When I sit down to try to gather my thoughts to describe Usher’s November 18 show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, only the most idiotic exclamations come to mind. “Wow,” “holy crap,” and “awesome” leap forth ahead of more poignant prose, and I find myself drowning in an excitement that seems to induce only the most monosyllabic of descriptors to juice out of my mind grapes. So let’s just try to get this out of the way immediately and see where we can go from here: Usher is a fantastic live act. Just great. Continue Reading →

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The re-rebirth of soul

Electric Lady Janelle Monáe delivers
By Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer
Janelle Monáe’s concert on Tuesday, October 22 at the Skyway Theater, like her music, referenced a legacy of soul that young audiences were eager to witness. The music from her latest contribution, The Electric Lady, like her past works, is thought-provoking and critical, yet funky and cutting edge. Monáe’s music is bringing Afro-futurism to modern-day realities with cleverness, freshness and fun in a musical climate that is in desperate need of her fearless, funky soul. The show was a dynamic unforgettable experience that made it clear she has all of the makings of a musical icon. Monáe is a genius at making music that is complex and entertaining – an impressive pairing in a musical era in which mainstream content is often saturated with lyrics that seem allergic to any real depth or social reflection. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights!

Home for the Holidays concert
 with Kimberly Brown

Sun., Dec. 16, 2:30 & 6:30 pm
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8100 or
Tickets are $25 for seating and $15 for standing room only;
for tickets, go to Tower of Power 

Mon.-Wed., Dec. 17-19, 7 & 9 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or
 Tickets are $55-70 for the 7 pm show
and $45-60 for the 9 pm show. Continue Reading →

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